Letters to the editor, Aug. 22, 2017

Public land used for private profit is cause for alarm

The use of public land for private profit is a growing concern in the Beach.

Tuggs Inc.’s contract [for land-use around the eastern beaches] is a long-standing issue, with the company’s permanent buildings bolstered by the addition of trailers, pop-up beer gardens and permitted hot dog and ice cream stands aplenty.

Add to that the kayak, board and bicycle rental trailers and shipping containers and one wonders if Lake Ontario will not totally vanish behind a wall of advertising.

Then, with developers forgiven their obligation to provide expensive parking for their new units, [local councillor] Mary-Margaret McMahon has determined that the very streets become the publicly-provided solution to their parking shortage.

Is anything to be left of the public areas our fore-fathers and -mothers bequeathed us?

Ernest Tucker

Stop picking on new businesses

This is in response to the story in the recent edition that stated some residents are upset about the pop-up kiosks along the beach, such as iPaddle (“Group wants new beach kiosk moved”, July 18, 2017).

In my optimism, I assumed that beach residents’ top concerns are the utter dearth of new businesses and the shocking number of vacancies in our neighbourhood — not how a tiny kiosk obstructs someone’s view.

This is NIMBY’ism at its worst.

I applaud brave new businesses like iPaddle who are opening up in the beach when, by any measure, the odds are stacked against them. Businesses like this are helping to build a community and bolster our area’s tiny, fragile economy. Good on them. The beach needs this entrepreneurial spirit desperately, in the face of the countless empty retail spaces in this area.

We should be encouraging and supporting these businesses.

Karen Cleveland

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I don’t agree with this kayak business, why does this one guy get the spot, what about the hundreds of others that want to operate a kayak rental on the boardwalk. This is not entrepreneurship this is a guy getting an exclusive license to rent kayaks. One guy gets to make a profit while the lakefront gets to be cluttered with trailers and junk. Coming down Balsam Ave the trailer blocks the lake view another reason I don’t like it.

Not a fan of tin can trailers along the lake, whether seeing them from a beach residence or in my case from the boardwalk. They are tacky. What is next traveling beer garden? Oh yes, it seems that is next on the agenda.

The kinds of services offered, are the kinds of services one would expect at a lakeside community such as the Beach. I support this, BUT I do agree that a better presentation of these services are required. What’s wrong with renting a water craft to access the lake? Not everyone can afford to bring their own and it is an anticipated service in a so called world class city. Beachers ( I being one) need to understand that their and my view of the Lake is not proprietary. However the ambience of the Beach is important to all of us and the delivery of services really should be done through staging areas that fit a lakeside community, not an endless line of carnival trailers.
What I find particularly interesting is boat/canoe rentals are part of the history of the Beach and was lost long ago. Ask local historian Gene Domagala to do an article of this an to write about the kinds of programs and service of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s etc. My guess is these services existed at one point and disappeared.

Just saying…………

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